Kitchen Gardens at L'Hermitage, Pontoise
Camille Pissarro and his family first stayed in Pontoise, north west of Paris, between 1866 and 1868. New rail links brought villages, like Pontoise, within commuting distance of the city but also threatened the traditional way of life as suburban flower gardens began to replace market gardens. Pissarro's composition is naturally ordered as the kitchen garden is plotted out by zones. A man plows one patch while two women work at another piece of land. Hills, houses and sky are formed up in the horizontal planes of the arrière plan.
- 1872 - Pissarro and family returned to Pontoise.